A tire tool on a concrete floor gets you 25 points.
Improvise. That's the way songs were made in the fifties and a fifties hit maker turned producer, "Ivory" Joe Turner, just wasn't happy with the beat on "Dancing in the Street." It needed more "UMPH!" The backbeat needed "something more than 'strong.'" He went out to his car and got a tire tool, brought it back into the studio, sat on a concrete floor, had them record him slamming the tool on the ground on the upbeat. If you have really good ears, you will hear him come in early in the song but after the regular drums have begun.
This was exactly what the song needed! The song has one of the strongest beats in rock and roll history which may be one reason it is still considered a rock and roll classic.
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" has been a generational hit both by the Tokens and later by Robert John. It's worth noting that the original members of the Tokens also sang background on the Robert John version - a fact that was omitted in that they didn't want the song to become a "remake." Their identity was kept secret.
True or false? The Tokens never intended for their version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to be released and made it known to the record company. The song was, to them "embarrassing." 6 points.
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